10Best Outdoor Activities in Lake Tahoe: Ice Skating and Ropes Courses

From lake to mountain to high up in the blue sky, the best outdoor activities in the Lake Tahoe can be enjoyed from any height or even under the water. Lake Tahoe is an outdoor heaven with everything from hiking and mountain biking to hang gliding and parasailing.

For those who like to keep it simple, head to the Tahoe Rim Trail or the Tallac trailhead and hike some of the most beautiful locations you have ever seen. If you want to stay on the water (or above the water) rent a paddleboard or kayak at North Shore's Tahoe Paddle & Oar or go parasailing on the North Shore. If you are on the South Shore, you can also see into the water and over the mountains on a balloon ride with Lake Tahoe Balloons.

For fun in the snow, head to Squaw Valley for some excellent deep snow or for ice skating at High Camp. The skiing at Northstar can be enjoyed on a bunny hill or a black diamond, and if you are really daring, charter a helicopter with Pacific Crest Heli-Ski. If you really want to be part of the outdoors and are a bit of a daredevil, get a tandem hang glide with Thermal Sky Sports.



This destination unto itself sits on a mountain in Squaw Valley above Lake Tahoe. High Camp is accessed via the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram that travels 2,000 vertical feet, delivering visitors to a village that features the Olympic Museum, an ice...  Read More



Because of its beauty and accessibility Desolation Wilderness is per acre, the most heavily used wilderness area in the country. Desolation Wilderness is 12.5 miles long and 8 miles and is accessed by 15 named and numbered trailheads under a...  Read More



Tahoe Paddle & Oar is located in Kings Beach on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. They offer top-end canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, instruction, guided kayak tours and a full service paddlesport retail store. They also specialize in team...  Read More



See some of the best views around Lake Tahoe at Zip Tahoe � Lake Tahoe's premier zipline canopy tour. Zip Tahoe is located at Kirkwood Ski Resort, and offers 8 different ziplines and 3 sky bridges. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sierras...  Read More



Imagine flying over the mountains and lakes that dot the landscape below the Tahoe Range. You can with a tandem or individual hang glide with Thermal Sky Sports. Thermal Sky Sports offers tandem hang gliding trips and hang gliding lessons from...  Read More



One of the most fantastic views of Lake Tahoe is from the seat of a parasail. North Shore Parasail is the original parasailing company on the lake, so you'll certainly be working with experts. The rides take off from the back of a motorboat, so...  Read More



The Lake Tahoe Adventure Company is one of the popular and well-run tour companies in Lake Tahoe. The company leads high quality adventure travel trips and tours with a focus on the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes, trails and rivers of...  Read More



Mount Tallac is one of the tallest peaks in Tahoe at 9,735 feet and the loop from the Glen Alpine Trailhead at 6,500 feet is a long, strenuous 11.6 mile hike. However, the views are so worth it. There is free parking at the trailhead and a...  Read More



The Tahoe Rim Trail follows the shore of Lake Tahoe and is one of the world's premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. This...  Read More

Zephyr Cove


Clearly Lake Tahoe is one of the best ways to see the deep, blue depths of this mountain lake. Clearly Tahoe rents out private, clear bottom kayaks where you can see dozens if not hundreds of feet into the water. Each kayak can fit 1-2 people...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina